They did their best to keep him in the tournament for the week but in the end not even a free drop after a lost ball could save Tiger Woods from missing the cut.
Woods hit a ball into fans on the fifth but no golf ball could be found. One older man in the crowd said he thought he saw it come down. PGA Tour vice president for rules and competition (and obviously huge Tiger Woods fan) Mark Russell said. “People said they saw the ball bounce and go in that area and when people got around it, then it was gone.”
Russell decided not to declare the lost ball, a lost ball. Woods finished 1 under and missed the cut.
Meanwhile Ryan Moore got a penalty heaped on him when his ball moved before he tapped it in on the 11th. Apparently the rule change which was supposed to exonerate players who dont make their balls move didnt apply.
“I thought that was the whole point of the rule change after Webb Simpson’s incident last year,” Moore said. “I thought was to alleviate that because I certainly did not make the ball move and I thought that was the whole point of the rule change.”
The Rule says
Rule 18-2b – the Ball Moving After Address rule – was amended at the start of 2012 to state that a player may be excused from penalty “if their ball moves after it has been addressed when it is known or virtually certain that they did not cause the ball to move. For example, if it is a gust of wind that moves the ball after it has been addressed, there is no penalty and the ball is played from its new position.”
So its one rule for Tiger and a different rule for everyone else.